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ABT invests heavily in UK and overseas

10th May 2024
Harry Fowle

Alexander Battery Technologies (ABT) will heavily invest in its UK and overseas sites during 2024 as it embarks on an ambitious growth strategy to meet rising worldwide demand.

The Europe-based manufacturer, which designs and manufactures customised rechargeable battery packs for a range of industries, is exhibiting at The Battery Show Europe at the Messe Stuttgart. On the 18th to 20th June, representatives from Alexander Battery Technologies are at booth G53 in Hall 8.

Since embarking on a five-year growth plan, ABT has seen revenues rise by around 30per cent during the last year. Now, in its 40th anniversary year, the company has higher ambitions to achieve a £100m annual sales target within the next four years.

In the middle of 2023, ABT invested in IPG Photonic’s very latest battery laser welding machinery, the EV Flex. This new laser welder was installed within the Peterlee factory in April this year, which once in full production will represent an investment of more than £500,000. The EV Flex provides the technical platform to deliver large packs to meet the standards required for automotive on-highway vehicles and similar high voltage applications.

Alex Stapleton, Chief Commercial Officer at ABT, said: “The business invested heavily during 2023, to set us up for growth in the coming years. We concluded the complete design and build of our Battery Technology Centre, providing 12 dedicated laboratories for new battery development projects.

“These bring important capabilities of engaging in up to 12 different projects in parallel, for projects up to 800V and over 100kWh. The Battery Technology Centre also added much needed office space, as well as extra production floorspace to further future-proof the flexibility of our UK site.”

Alex Stapleton added: “Our new ERP system upgrade will enable the business to digitalise and automate all the world-class controls in manufacturing, enhancing the level of available detail to meet automotive standards where needed.”

During 2023, the company secured several big contracts and broke into new markets, most notably the growing e-Mobility sector; and secured a project for a battery pack for an on-highway eMotorbike. Elsewhere, ABT won a project in the military sector for an unmanned support vehicle that works alongside military personnel, carrying heavy equipment and support gear. This demanding project requires a large battery pack of around 70kg with a voltage of circa 120V.

ABT operates an advanced high-voltage battery testing and validation laboratory at its Battery Technology Centre, as well as its state-of-the-art logistics facility in the UK. However elsewhere, ABT is steadily building its sales and service operation, opening a new location in Frankfurt last summer.

The German office enables the company to offer technical consultancy tailored to the needs of regional customers. This office puts ABT in a strong position to satisfy fast-growing demand in Europe for lithium batteries in the e-mobility, robotics, medical, and wearable/portable devices markets.

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